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Clarifier-colorant combo gets the thumbs up from Thumbs Up

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 10th, 2010

Leading British injection molder Thumbs Up Ltd. (Bury) has launched a new line of food and domestic storage containers using colored polypropylene (PP) random copolymer compounds that provide unparalleled clarity. The compounds contain Milliken's (Spartanburg, SC) Millad NX8000 clarifying agent in combination with the company's ClearTint polymeric dyes. Containers range from 0.6 to 150 liters are now being molded for a major retailer in a variety of colors.

India’s fast-growing healthcare market draws Gerresheimer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 10th, 2010

The processor of plastic and glass packaging and devices for the medical and pharmaceutical industry has opened its first representative office in India to take advantage of the country's fast-moving healthcare market.

Ceramic nano-particles could help processors beat copycats and pirates

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 9th, 2010

A small company in Southern Germany has developed a new means to help plastics processors, their customers, and others take some of the sting out of the damage done by product piracy. The high-tech solution relies on a material used for centuries to give a product "its own DNA."

Kraft Foods keeping a sharp eye on T-IML

By Matt Defosse
Published: November 9th, 2010

How bright is the future for thermoformed packaging with labels applied inmold? A chance encounter at last week's K show led to a long discussion with one of Kraft Foods' packaging experts. Based on developments in suitable labels, plus tooling and automation, he thinks T-IML holds plenty of promise.

TPE North American resin pricing, Nov. 1-5: PE up $0.03/lb after ethylene soars $0.12/lb; PP stabilizes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 9th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets began November with a bang, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Polyethylene (PE) prices quickly jumped $0.03/lb, riding soaring spot ethylene, which shot up on a fresh series of cracker outages. Polypropylene (PP) prices were mostly steady after the market had been trending consistently lower. PE producers that did not implement October's proposed $0.04/lb price increase should have little difficulty doing so in November, according to TPE.

Machine tool consumption in September up 157% over '09

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 9th, 2010

Recovery is definitely the byword for machine tool manufacturers, as September's U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $339.76 million, up 156.8% compared with the total of $155.69 million for the same month in 2009. That puts the year-to-date total at $2090.27 million, up 74.1% compared with the same YTD figures in 2009.

This comes from the report compiled by the American Tool Distributors' Association and The Association for Manufacturing Technology, and provides a dose of confidence for machine tool makers that the recovery might be real.

MicroGREEN launches InCycle sheet product at Pack Expo

By Tony Deligio
Published: November 9th, 2010

Tapping into another potentially huge market, MicroGREEN Polymers Inc. (Seattle, WA) is now promoting its patented technology, which maximizes the use of recycled plastics through the addition of tiny air pockets, into the packaging sector with its new sheet offering dubbed InCycle.

Ashland exits distribution business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 8th, 2010

Ashland is getting out of material and chemicals distribution, selling the business unit, which accounted for 37% of its 2010 sales, for $930 million to TPG Capital in an all-cash deal. The deal is expected to close in March and generate after-tax proceeds of approximately $825 million.

Rallying around garbage gyre, group targets disposable plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 8th, 2010

Operating under the platform that "nothing justifies the use of disposable plastics for personal or business use," a coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses is using a just-completed forum and a series of web videos to elevate the cause of reducing plastic pollution. The Plastic Pollution Coalition's 2011 international campaign to end plastic pollution includes its REFUSE online video endeavor, which features celebrities and everyday people pledging to refuse disposable plastics.

Medical molder ATEK Plastics adds two 500-ton Toshibas

By IMM Staff
Published: November 8th, 2010

Medical device manufacturer ATEK Plastics (Kerrville, TX) has added two 500-ton all-electric Toshiba injection molding machines, equipped with new Wittmann robots, as well as vision systems and RJG eDart process-monitoring technology.

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